“The perennial fibre of truth” – Thomas Carlyle. What is it?

There is something inherently easy, comforting, and natural in reading what Thomas Carlyle has written.  Insofar as I reached the point of his writing about “Worship” and the “devotion” that mankind has been familiar with, these words have been outstanding: Worship is transcendent wonder; wonder for which there is now … Continue Reading“The perennial fibre of truth” – Thomas Carlyle. What is it?

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Bipolar disorder – the inner conflicts arising from trying to reconcile the Old and New Testament writings

Bipolar disorder has become the accepted name given to the manifest inner conflicts of disturbed individuals.  While there are questions and concerns over the diagnosis of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) itself, there are special considerations that arise as a person’s beliefs are considered.  The source of those beliefs also invariably … Continue ReadingBipolar disorder – the inner conflicts arising from trying to reconcile the Old and New Testament writings

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How the diagnosis of bipolar disorder keeps a person psychologically trapped?

If you have had even a minimal contact with books on psychology and psychiatry, it is impossible that you have not heard of bipolar disorder.  It was previously known by a more sinister name, manic-depressive illness.  The words, bipolar disorder, evoke a vivid imagery; manic-depressive illness is even more evocative!  … Continue ReadingHow the diagnosis of bipolar disorder keeps a person psychologically trapped?

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Does scrolling content on a fixed screen create the mindset of a fleeting existence?

It has now become the habit of billions around the world – young and old – to get an understanding of all things through scrolling content.  While the screen remains fixed in place at all times and even disappears from consciousness, unless one looks away, there is a hypnotizing of … Continue ReadingDoes scrolling content on a fixed screen create the mindset of a fleeting existence?

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Why is it that so much conversation fails to produce change in society?

Conversation is so uniquely human.  Even in the stories we write, one of the fascinating capabilities a writer can give to his imagined beast is to talk like humans.  A bird, a dragon, a serpent, or some other ferocious beast takes on a new life as soon as it talks … Continue ReadingWhy is it that so much conversation fails to produce change in society?

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Cults of black-and-white thinking – a lesson from Jehovah’s witnesses

Cults – what does the word bring to mind?  There are thoughts of blind devotion.  There most certainly is the charisma or power of a leader over his followers.  Finally, there is the absolute certainty of purpose.  Whether one thinks of Jim Jones, Hitler, or the Messiah of Israel, these … Continue ReadingCults of black-and-white thinking – a lesson from Jehovah’s witnesses

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Can we change our beliefs to formulate better predictions for the future?

As hard as one may try, it is not possible to entirely avoid the practice of predicting the future.  Why is it that people want to predict the outcome before it happens?  The reason is quite simple.  There is a desire to have certainty about the future.  Predictions give us … Continue ReadingCan we change our beliefs to formulate better predictions for the future?

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Empathy in mental health. Why it remains the constant need?

“The health of the mind”: As easy as it is to say those words, it is endlessly a challenge to keep them.  To keep a healthy mind is a challenge for so many reasons.  It becomes a challenge due to the way we live our lives, the occupations of the modern … Continue ReadingEmpathy in mental health. Why it remains the constant need?

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How can we use the speed of communication technology to social advantage?

In ancient times, a man would get on a horse if there was an important information to be delivered quickly.  Horses were kept and cared for, for times just as these.  Maybe the rider was sleeping in his bed.  He was awakened for the express purpose of having to get … Continue ReadingHow can we use the speed of communication technology to social advantage?

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Why we might criticize technology rather than the information it brings

Every time new inventions and technologies have arrived upon mankind, there have been critics of them.  Some of these criticisms are valid.  Even the observations upon which these criticisms are made are not obvious to everyone.  For example, it would be rare to notice like Tristan Harris, how particular designs … Continue ReadingWhy we might criticize technology rather than the information it brings

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How the Internet has changed leadership, its place, and its functioning

It is no secret that the Internet has changed how human society functions.  There are specific effects that can be observed no matter where one looks.  However, it is the effect on leadership that is most notable.  The way the Internet and its related technologies have developed, leadership is most … Continue ReadingHow the Internet has changed leadership, its place, and its functioning

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How attitude towards information affects individuals?

The individual is the focus of global changes.  It seems so very easy to take for granted what mankind has achieved.  We have achieved the possibility of limitless information.  We have achieved the possibility of international communication.  This is extremely specific to an individual, yet comprehensive for entire societies.  The … Continue ReadingHow attitude towards information affects individuals?

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The vicious cycle of paranoia and extremism

During times of difficulty and great anguish, the subtlety of human thought suffers.  There is not the attention to detail, and nuance seems only hypocritical.  What a relaxed mind, one at ease in a secure environment can do, a stressed mind cannot.  This is easily understandable.  This understanding should have … Continue ReadingThe vicious cycle of paranoia and extremism

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Are your beliefs a response to external information?

Beliefs are one of the most fascinating, and some would say, the most significant component of the ideas that a human being holds.  It wouldn’t be wrong to say, there is always some emotional connection to any idea that forms a part of the beliefs of any human being.  When … Continue ReadingAre your beliefs a response to external information?

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Observation – Satan’s absurdity, and Eve’s naivete…and many questions

The claim is often made by individuals with specific objectives and interests that, the Bible is outdated and no longer useful.  It is also believed that, there is nothing profound or worth learning from a book that many others consider to be the revealed will of God.  It is possible … Continue ReadingObservation – Satan’s absurdity, and Eve’s naivete…and many questions

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Crisis of democracy – social decline through politicization, and insistence on freedoms and rights

It is easier to answer the question, what is democracy as compared to why is democracy.  Yes, why is democracy favored and touted as the ideal principle for governance, even though its failure was anticipated right from the time of Plato.  As it is practically impossible for all the people … Continue ReadingCrisis of democracy – social decline through politicization, and insistence on freedoms and rights

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Crisis of democracy – the simultaneous rise of individualism and populism through the agency of the Internet

If one were to make a most basic study of the idea of democracy, it would readily be understood that it stands on the principle of transfer of power.  Decades ago and as it happened for centuries, when even the possibility of the existence of the Internet and communication technology … Continue ReadingCrisis of democracy – the simultaneous rise of individualism and populism through the agency of the Internet

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Indian government’s demonetization step – an object lesson in today’s world

In the life of a nation, there come times when landmark decisions are made.  The decision itself stands to define the future course of that nation.  As it is, we are now part of the global whole and therefore, significant decisions create waves that easily go beyond national borders.  The … Continue ReadingIndian government’s demonetization step – an object lesson in today’s world

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